As we wind down the “dog days of summer” and temperatures rise, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are more likely, especially in babies and children. HuffPost Health has some common warning signs and tips for keeping the little ones cool while they soak up the sun.
Wearing loose, light clothing and staying hydrated are surefire ways to keep cool while enjoying summer, It’s also best to play outside in the morning and evening, avoiding the strongest heat at midday.
Heat cramps are the most common effects of vigorous outdoor activity. Sweating reduces the amount of salt in the body, which can lead to muscle cramps. Make sure the kiddos are drinking plenty of water, juice, and fluids high in electrolytes.
Heat exhaustion often presents as headache, sweating, loss of appetite, excessive thirst, and high body temperature. The best solution for heat exhaustion is to lie down in a cool place, with fans and ice packs.
We hope these simple tips help you stay safe and make the most of this beautiful summer!